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Before the Washington Wizards traded away the No. 46 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, they received word that their last second-round selection — Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, who was chosen with the 32nd pick in 2012 — will remain overseas after signing a multi-year deal with FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. After playing with the Wizards summer league in 2012, Satoransky returned to international competition and has remained there, playing in Spain for what’s believed to be a more lucrative contract than what he would earn on a rookie scale deal. Washington Post

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Kostas Papanikolaou: I will need a balanced combination between the contract I will be offered and my role in a NBA team, in order to sign there. I don’t mean of course that I will demand the same kind of money that I get from Barcelona. For sure I am ready to sacrifice some money in order to get there. You have to make sacrifices in order to make your dreams a reality. But the way I will be approached, will play a pivotal role in my decision. I play in one of the best teams in Europe. I don’t want just to sign in the NBA without having a place in a team’s rotation. I don’t want something like a guarantee, I know how things work in the States. But I want to be sure that I will get an equal chance and they will trust me in order to get there, fight and establish myself in the NBA”. EuroHoops.net

Houston Rockets have his NBA rights and during the season they tried to sign him. His answer was negative. Our question is really simple. When he will go to the NBA? Kostas Papanikolaou: “Nothing change in my thoughts about the NBA. If I get a good chance, I will go. However, I am new in this team, they have treated me with respect and I only think about Barcelona. A team that helps me evolve my game and be better. So, I don’t know what will happen, if I will end up in the NBA this summer or the next one. EuroHoops.net

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Dirk Nowitzki on if college was a serious option for him, and his path to the NBA: “Yeah, it was, and I had basically two options: It was either college or stay in Europe with a big club. I visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, some of those teams, two teams in Italy and practice there and get better and better and then maybe try to jump in the NBA, and then what happened was I had that huge Hoop Summit game, kind of out of nowhere I came over, when we played the best high school guys in the U.S., and I kind of had 34 or whatever, and that changed everything, I mean, all of a sudden, I had agents calling Holger, and it was nuts just from that one game, I had scouts calling Holger, and numerous colleges—I think I had like 36 college offers. Yeah, it was kind of all in the open, but that one game, that Hoop Summit kind of changed everything, and then I ended up deciding, ‘Hey, let me try the NBA, and if it doesn’t work, I can always come back to Europe and play at a high level for a long, long time. I was a little worried about in college, since I was a seven-footer, that they might just put me in the weight room and lift weights for years straight, not even see the court, and make me strong, make me a back-to-the-basket player … And then I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try the NBA,’ and I was always really to have Nellie my first couple of years. He was perfect for my skill-set with the stretch-four and mismatches and stuff like that, and even in the NBA, it worked out perfectly, because he was the coach in the beginning in Dallas.” Dallas Morning News

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His father Predrag talked with 24Sata about his son. “There is not only Efes in the game. The other options are still Barcelona and Real Madrid” said Predrag to 24Sata. “If Lorbek and Nachbar leaves Barcelona and if Mirotic leaves Real Madrid, they will make rook for Darius” added the father of the player. “I think Dario should play in Europe two more season. He has to play. If he goes to this big club without guaranteed playing time, then it is better to stay with Cibona” ended Predrag. Sportando

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However, Barcelona and Papanikolaou himself didn’t took into consideration the possibility of his crossing the pond mid-season. After all Barca is still unbeaten in Top16 and one of the Final Four favorites and that’s why they wouldn’t want to lose one of their starters. As for “Pap” he feels great in Catalonia, so far he is satisfied with his performance in Barcelona and he also wouldn’t want to leave the team before the end of season. As a result, the Texans will make their run for Papanikolaou again this summer, but no one can predict at this point what may happen until then. EuroHoops.net

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The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

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